Doctors in Russia have removed a tooth that was found growing inside a teenage boy’s testicle.
Graphic pictures show the tooth before and after it was removed at the Morozov Children’s Hospital in the ‘rarest of surgeries’.
Incredibly, a molar was missing in the 13 year old’s mouth but had grown instead in one of the adolescent boy’s testicles.
Doctor’s say the surgery was a success and believe the unnamed schoolboy will enjoy good reproductive health when he gets older.
The cause of the rare condition was a teratoid tumour originating before birth due to a stem cell failure, say medics.
The operation was carried out by surgeon Dmitry Tarusin, a senior children’s urologist and andrologist.
The problem originated from a ‘genetic process during the pre-natal period’, said a hospital statement.
‘The tooth was the second molar, or the seventh in the upper jaw,’ said the hospital.
‘It usually replaced by the permanent tooth at the age of ten to 12.’
A scan ‘revealed something inside the testicle that looked like renal gravel (gravel in kidneys).
‘Doctors decided to operate on the patient as soon as possible.
‘The surgery proved that the real seventh tooth – a molar – was growing inside the testicle, the one that was missing in the jaw.
‘Dental science knows examples when teeth grew inside the lung. But a tooth growing inside a testicle is a truly unique case.’